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Poster: Mandojammer Date: May 28, 2009 4:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Mando Back Home

Greetings all -

Surgery went well, but was a lot more extensive than originally thought. (At least that's what doc said afterwards - probably just looking for an excuse to go off on some foray and root around in my knee for three hours).

Anyway, three slices in the lateral patellar ligament to release the kneecap and move it 3/16 to the center.

Then he deburred the head of the femur and the underside of the kneecap.

Ahhhh, but those were just diversionary tactics.....

The articular cartilage was worn away in the center of the lateral femur head but the edges were intact. The exposed bone was microfractured. Doc said it was like cloisonne enamel with an ass-load of cracks - first off, I was impressed by an orthopod's use of the word "cloisonne" and had I been able I would have given him a standing O.

Anyway - he drilled 77 holes into the femur...So it would bleed!!!

The blood flow to the area would stimulate bone growth and heal the fractures and as a bonus, it would also promote cartilage growth.

So instead of 2 months recovery, I'm looking at 6. But it will be in pretty good shape.

I have no idea where my pain threshold is relative to other folks but it hurts like ever loving shit and percocet is my new best friend.

And like a dumb ass I brought the wrong iPod to the hospital so I had to "settle" for 2/22/69 - Dream Bowl - Vellejo. I got through Dark Star and was about 3 notes into Mountains of the Moon before the anesthetist slipped me a mickey and off I went.

Thanks again for all the positive thoughts and good wishes - I'm off for the morning's dosing.

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: May 28, 2009 6:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

Glad to hear it went well.
My experience has been that the docs always find more and do more than originally planned, but it usually is for the better.
Good luck in your recovery and rehab. The rehab part sucks, but the payoff is worth it.

Ah, the miracles of modern medicine...
Think how you would be/feel if we were in the middle of the 19th century?!?

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 28, 2009 8:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

I'd be dead. Twice over actually, plus a third very close call. Two key events that would have taken my life without doubt if not for a couple of simple procedures.

See what you guys could've avoided if it weren't for modern medicine? Puts it in a whole new light, eh?

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Poster: user unknown Date: May 28, 2009 12:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

positive thoughts, healing vibes and prayers comin' at ya Mando.

Hope your recovery is quick and uneventful.

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Poster: pigpen_81 Date: May 28, 2009 10:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

Welcome Home Mando,
Glad to hear it all went well. Wishing you a speedy recovery as well.
One question about your post tho...
this part here ---> "Doc said it was like cloisonne enamel with an ass-load of cracks - first off, I was impressed by an orthopod's use of the word "cloisonne" ... "
Did he actually say "ass-load" ? If so, that's more worthy than cloisonne of high praises... lol.

Here's a little something to mellow to.

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKvDtWeyO5c[/url]

This post was modified by pigpen_81 on 2009-05-29 05:36:59

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 28, 2009 9:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

Great news Mando! Now that you are out I can tell you - I work in a hospital ( as a Biomed tech )and whenever in the OR when you walk by the Ortho rooms it is positively midevil with the tools they use and the banging etc. Guess no matter what the technology there just isn't a way around some things. Hope your recovery is quick and painless. Let me know if you don't want your painkillers : )

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: May 28, 2009 8:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

hey Mando - so glad to hear things went very well!! i can certainly empathize with the recovery process (as I am sure dogsinapile can to). 8 months in a cast here (and yes, lots and lots of percies)

:)

keep the positive attitude and know the pain will recede a bit very soon- not that that should mean laying off the percs though ;)

healing vibes headin your way my friend

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: May 28, 2009 8:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

Dire, JOTS, Rob, Earl -

Okay so scotch is taboo right now. I figured I do head to head tastings with my scotch so why don't I HTH vike and perc?

So I did.....

Here's the verdict:

With perc, the edge really comes off the pain and I can either sit and smile happily at everything or I can go to sleep.

With vike, it still hurts but I just don't care and I can either sit and smile happily at everything or I can go to sleep.

So I'll compromise and alternate.......

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: May 29, 2009 5:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

I guess you have to take your pleasures where you can. At least you also know you and the doc can alternate discussions of the exquisite intricacies of enamelware with the finer points of femoral ventilation. The hours will simply fly by!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: May 28, 2009 8:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

Welcome back, Namor. These doctors, they all think they're guest starring in House these days - who writes their scripts, huh? Anyway, better to be slipped a Mickey than to be filled in by Bill - or even to be Donna-ed into submission.

Seriously, glad all went well. Is a soothing malt ruled out by the meds?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: May 28, 2009 1:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

I sneaked a nip earlier today and was out like a light. Doc isn't wasting any time - he sent over a Continuous Passive Motion machine thingie today. I have to lay down, put my leg in it and it slowly flexes the knee.

So I sez to Doc, "But you told me yesterday not to bend my knee???"

He sez "You aren't, the CPM is!!"

Smart ass doc.....truth be told I am pretty pleased with the outcome. He's the team doc for the professional hockey team here so I figure I was in pretty good hands.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: May 28, 2009 6:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

Welcome home. I could think of half a dozen better scrips that percoset for having 77 holes drilled in my bones. Remember if things get any more painful, just take more!

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: May 28, 2009 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

Welcome back, Mando! I'm glad you survived. And Dream Bowl is no slouch...

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 28, 2009 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

good to hear! you join the ranks of many a NBA star, and here's to urging those cells to do their work on providing a base of tissue for you as they heal...

now, that's "Vallejo" with an "a", but we'll let that perc induced spelling error slide...as to the "settling" for a fav show of Arb and me, well...okay, let that slide too...

Take Care!

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: May 28, 2009 1:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

WT - If 2/22/69 isn't my top show, it's certainly top 3.

Completely missed the "Vellejo"........and I thought I was being careful.

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 28, 2009 2:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

Ah, good to hear (pun intended?)...

Take it easy for now and then...REHAB. Don't skip. Do not pass "go" but rather, put in the time.

I have complete faith in you, Navy Boy, as I know this sort of delayed gratification is right up given your 90 day cruise mentality.

That friend we spoke of used to use a cruise to get in shape: running around the engine room (???), something I didn't think you could do on a sub, and working up to 60 pushups and 90 situps by the end...what else was there to do I suppose?

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 28, 2009 3:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

Hmmm...you'd think an old timer could avoid this sort of problem.

Pathetic...and I don't even have any percs!

This post was modified by William Tell on 2009-05-28 22:13:57

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Poster: DEADBUCK Date: May 28, 2009 6:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

Never mind the Docs use of clo...whatever...I like how you said you got slipped a mickey...I said that the other day and nobody had a clue what it meant.... wish I could get one by the way!And I hope you heal well!!

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: May 28, 2009 7:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

hahah

I used "Happy as a Clam" one time at College in VT and nobody had a clue what I was talking about.

The original expression was "Happy as a Clam at high Tide" as before the implementation of long tongs and other 'tools of mass destruction' most folks simply walked out in the mud flats at low tide and dug clams by hand or with short rakes.

OK, enough clam lessons for now.

Oh and 'Mickey' is short for 'Mickey Finn' if you really want blank stares use "slipped a Mickey Finn"

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: May 28, 2009 5:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mando Back Home

Glad it went well.

Here is to a full and rapid recovery!!